The estimation by the internet of the number of negative thoughts we have each day varies wildly, from 10 negative thoughts to 40,000! No matter the number, many of our negative thoughts are based on worries, insecurities, or bad information.
The Bible is full of God’s truth, and can help us combat these inaccurate thoughts with Biblical Christian affirmations.
Are Christian Affirmations Biblical?
Some people in the Christian community hear the word “affirmation” and think that it means that you are only telling yourself positive statements about yourself, no matter if it is truthful or not.
And there are daily affirmations and positive thoughts out there that label themselves spiritual affirmations or Bible affirmations, but don’t acknowledge Jesus or our need for Him. The truth is, we aren’t perfect and we desperately need Jesus in our lives.
There are positive affirmations that might not be Biblical but aren’t wrong or encouraging sin, like “I’m a problem solver” or “Today, I’m choosing to be joyful.” But look at these examples of positive phrases that are not Biblical and can be harmful: “I have to be true to myself at all costs” or “I love the Universe and the Universe loves me.”
Negative thoughts that are based on inaccuracies need to be corrected with the truth from the Bible. We don’t need to dwell on lies of the enemy or from the world, but remind ourselves of the truth found in God’s Word.
Biblical Christian affirmations can be a powerful tool to fill ourselves with truth. Just check for truth even in ones labeled Bible-based affirmations, that it actually is supported by a Bible verse and not used out of context.
Others criticize the concept of positive affirmations as selfish, saying, “You’re just focusing on yourself.” However, the destructive patterns of negative thoughts must be countered by the truth of God’s Word. Christian affirmations can be a great way to accomplish that.
Having victory in this area can help that person focus on others, since they aren’t as preoccupied with these negative thoughts. And they can help others who may struggle with the same thoughts.
If the use of positive affirmations is too related for you to unbiblical concepts, call them something else! These statements are really just reminders of the truth we find in God’s Word.
These ten Christian affirmations come from Biblical truth, one of the best ways to combat some of the most common lies that we as children of God can believe.
10 Christian Affirmations from the Bible
Each of these Christian affirmations is backed up by Scripture. Bookmark this post so you can refer to it in the future.
God is always with me.
“For he has said, ‘I will in no way leave you, neither will I in any way forsake you.’” Hebrews 13:5b
You may think, I am alone. But instead think, God is always with me.
We may feel alone when people we thought would always be around, or were very dear to us, leave us in some way. Of course, it is understandable to grieve their loss or absence. But God is with us. The loneliness we feel at times can draw us closer to the Lord. We aren’t meant to pursue loneliness, but we can redeem it by finding our joy and fulfillment in Christ.
We also may feel alone or far from God when we are in sin and don’t feel close to Him. At those times, we have hampered our relationship with God, but He asks for our repentance and offers His forgiveness. He will never leave you!
God loves me, and nothing can stop that love.
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 KJV
You might be tempted to think, I am not loved. But think instead, God loves me, and nothing can stop that love.
There are many reasons we might feel unloved, but God loves us so much that He sent His Son to pay for our sins (John 3:16.) Not one person, not any circumstance, or anything else, can separate a child of God from God’s love. What a comforting and Biblical Christian affirmation about God’s perfect love.
Following Jesus will ultimately result in a life fulfilled in Christ.
“The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” John 10:10
During difficult circumstances, it can be easy to believe that things will never get better. It can be difficult to look beyond the difficult times we face right now. But following Jesus will ultimately result in a life fulfilled in Christ. It may not be an easy life, but it is an abundant life.
Our abundant life might not look abundant from the world’s standards, but our life is ultimately beyond this world, and into everlasting life.
God gives me a way out of temptation.
“No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Satan wants us to believe, “I can’t stop sinning.” But that isn’t true. Instead, tell yourself, “God gives me a way out of temptation.” It may not be easy, and you might need to ask for help. But you are not powerless against sin. God has give us His Holy Spirit that lives within us to help us (John 14:26).
Find other Christians who can offer wisdom and keep you accountable if you are particularly struggling with a sin or sins.
I am not on my own. God’s grace is sufficient for me.
“He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
When we’re overwhelmed, it’s tempting to think, “I have to do all of this on my own.” We wonder if we have enough of our own strength to get through what we are facing. Thankfully, we are not on our own. Instead, tell yourself this. “I am not on my own. God’s grace is sufficient for me, even if I think I’m not strong enough to do this or get through this.”
We all want to be strong for every trial, challenge, or problem that we face. We may pridefully think that we have to do this all on our own, through our own skills or power. Why do we do this? Why can’t we admit that we need God and we need others?
We can set aside our need for our own accomplishment and glory, and ask God for help, as well as the others around us. We may not be as strong as we think on our own, but we are stronger than we think when we admit our weaknesses and lean into God’s strength and God’s power.
If I sincerely ask God to forgive me, He will forgive me and make me clean!
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Some struggle with never feeling forgiven. They imagine that their sin is so great, or that God is so strict, that they can never be forgiven of their sins.
The truth is, even one “little” sin could have separated us from God for eternity. No one is without sin, and if people say that they are, they are lying or fooling themselves (1 John 1:8). And God’s “strictness” in this sense is more aptly put as God’s holiness. He is without sin, and cannot, in His justice, ignore it.
But if we ask God to forgive us, He will forgive us and make us clean! What a gift He has given to us. We only need to receive it.
“Good” Christians have trials and sufferings, too.
“I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“Good” is in quotes because we often sort ourselves into being a “good” or “bad” Christian. Along those lines of thinking, we might think “good” Christians who do good works deserve a good life, and “bad” Christians get what they deserve.
None of us deserve a good life, and we aren’t promised it, either. If we think, “These bad circumstances mean God is angry with me,” we need to evaluate the situation, maybe with the help of an older or wiser Christian.
Sometimes, we are in bad circumstances as a natural consequence of our sin or destructive habits; but sometimes, we are just going through difficulties that are a natural part of our life here on earth, living in a fallen world.
We aren’t guaranteed a trouble-free life or positive outcomes. We should avoid causing our own troubles, but “good” Christians have trials and sufferings, too.
I can trust God and not overthink or give myself over to worry.
“Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his height? If then you aren’t able to do even the least things, why are you anxious about the rest?” Luke 12:25-26
When life’s problems are weighing on you, it’s tempting to think, “I need to worry about this and figure it out.”
We think that if something is a huge problem, it requires all of our thoughts 100% of the time. While we need to think about problems strategically and thoughtfully, we don’t need to live in worry or try to manipulate the situation in unhelpful ways.
It’s OK to plan things or be concerned, but worry accomplishes nothing. We can trust God and not overthink or give ourselves over to worry.
I do not need to control everything, my help comes from God!
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2
This Bible-based affirmation is closely related to the last one. We often think that we have to control everything in our daily life, especially when things are going wrong.
When we live our lives as if God does not exist, we feel like we have to control everything, playing God in our own and other people’s lives.
But the truth is, we do not need to control everything. Our help comes from God, who created the universe! We can struggle so much with control, until we accept this as truth.
Through Jesus Christ I can have eternal life, and have peace with God.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 KJV
Some people struggle with feeling forgiven, and others struggle with feeling like they can approach God at all. This Christian affirmation seeks to address the thought “I’ll never be good enough for God.”
The truth is, no one is good enough for God. That’s why salvation through Jesus Chist is necessary! Through Jesus Christ, we can have eternal life, and have peace with God. Isn’t that wonderful news? Pray through the truth of this Christian affirmation when you are struggling with this thought.
Free Printable Christian Affirmations Sheet
If you’ve found these Christian affirmations helpful, you might like the printable Christian Affirmations sheet available for download here.
Tuck it in a prayer journal for part of your daily routine. Place it on your refrigerator so you can see it on a daily basis. Print one for someone who could be encouraged by these Christian affirmations in their everyday life.
I hope you found these powerful Christian affirmations helpful. If you are struggling with something that isn’t on this list, look in the Bible to find your answer or ask someone to help you find the right Bible verse for your situation. Making up your own Scripture cards to remind yourself of these positive Biblical affirmations can be one of the best ways to stay grounded in Biblical truth.
If you liked 10 Biblical Christian Affirmations to Combat Lies, you may want to read 8 Powerful Bible Verses About How God Sees Us and Bible Verses about Storms of Life. May these Christian affirmations bless your life today!